• 2007-08 Athlete of the Week - Archive

5-5-08 | Cazal Arnett (Jamaica, N.Y.)

ORONO, Maine -- Freshman Cazal Arnett (Jamaica, N.Y.) was named the Men's Rookie of the Meet, highlighting the track & field teams' performances at the America East Outdoor Championships this weekend. Arnett, who was also the Rookie of the Meet at the America East Indoor Championships back in February, broke the conference record in the 400. His time of 47.04 broke the old mark of 47.24 set by Matt Adler of Boston University in 2002. In the process, Arnett swept the America East indoor and outdoor titles for the 2008 season.

In the 4x400 relay, Arnett joined fellow freshman Christian Smith (Trumansburg, N.Y.) and juniors Jimmy Massar (Johnson City, N.Y.) and Junior Obionwu (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.) to clock a winning time of 3:15.45. Arnett came from 15 yards behind on the anchor leg to pull out a .03 second victory over the team from Albany.

4-28-08 | Entire Men's Tennis Team

The entire men's tennis team has earned Athlete of the Week honors after capturing the America East Championship and earning a berth into the upcoming NCAA Championship. The Bearcats pulled out a 4-3 win over defending champion UMBC in the title match to gain the program's fourth NCAA bid in the last six years. Second-year head coach Adam Cohen and his team will learn of their NCAA opponent when ESPNews unveils the 64-team bracket live on April 29.

4-21-08 | Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.)

Junior baseball player Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) wins the honor for the second straight week after leading the Bearcats to a four-game sweep of Albany. Holley hit .500 with a home run and seven RBI in the series. He is in the midst of an 11-game hit streak, and is hitting .421 with 16 RBI in that stretch.

4-14-08 | Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.)

Junior baseball player Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) led BU to three wins in four games against UMBC over the weekend. He went 5-for-11 with nine RBI, had an on-base percentage of .562 and a 1.000 slugging percentage in the four games. The left-handed first baseman collected three doubles and one home run - his third of the spring.

3-17-08 | Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.)

Post-grad Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) concluded his collegiate career in dramatic style on March 14 at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, becoming the first Binghamton athlete ever to win a NCAA Division I championship. He won the pole vault title with a height of 18-0 1/2. With the win, Quiller has now earned All-America honors three times during his career. He was second in the 2007 NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for fourth at the 2007 Outdoor Championships. In addition, Quiller is also the first America East Conference athlete ever to win a NCAA title.

3-10-08 | Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.)

Senior wrestler Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) went 5-1 to capture second place at the Colonial Athletic Association Championship over the weekend. By securing a top-two spot, Fried earned a berth to the NCAA Championship, held March 20-22 in St. Louis. After losing his first match of the tournament, Fried won five straight bouts, including back-to-back 5-2 decisions to first secure third place and then grab runnerup honors. He will enter the NCAA Championship with a 22-2 record.

2-26-08 | Cazal Arnett (Jamaica, N.Y.)

Arnett won a pair of individual events and was named the Men's Rookie of the Year, highlighting a record-breaking day for Binghamton at the America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. The men's finished a program-best second out of nine teams while the women finished seventh.

Arnett recorded two of the Bearcats' first-place finishes on Saturday. He broke his own school records in the 200 (21.72) and 400 (47.80) and qualified for the IC4A Championship in the process. Arnett set the old marks of 21.83 and 48.21 in the preliminaries on Friday night.

2-19-08 | Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Varanda turned in an outstanding performance at the 2008 America East Championships capped off by his school-record breaking victory in the 200-breast on the meet's final day of competition Sunday.

The 200-breast win came in a school- and meet-record time of 2:02.78 and made the Binghamton junior a perfect 3-for-3 in individual events garnering America East Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer honors for the first time in his career.

His record-setting swim topped his own previous mark of 2:03.34 set at last year's championship meet. Varanda has now won both the 200-breast and 400-IM events at three consecutive league championships. In his three-year collegiate career, he has now collected seven individual America East titles.

2-5-08 | Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.)

Senior wrestler Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) went a perfect 3-0 at the Ithaca Duals to raise his overall record to 11-1 on the season. Fried, ranked No. 2 in the Colonial Athletic Association and No. 19 in the country, posted a major decision against Mercyhurst and a pair of decisions against Eastern Michigan and Ithaca. He was also named the CAA Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season.

1-28-07 | Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y.) and Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Freshmen Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y.) and Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y.) won the A Doubles championship, highlighting Binghamton's performance at the Cornell Winter Invitational this past weekend. The duo becomes the first Binghamton players ever to win a doubles title at the event.

One day after defeating top-seeded Dina Sekina and Elyse Steiner of Temple in the semifinals, Edelman and Bates beat second-seeded Shayna Miller and Sinziana Chis of Cornell 8-5 in the finals on Sunday. The freshman tandem, who is ranked No. 15 in the ITA East Region, is 14-1 so far this season.

1-21-07 | Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.)

Junior forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) was named the America East Women's Basketball Player of the Week. She was the top Binghamton scorer during the week as Binghamton gained a pair of wins to move to 3-0 in conference play. She poured in a career-high 27 points in the Bearcats' 65-58 road win at UMBC. Franceski also added four rebounds, a season-high six blocks and three steals.

For the week, Franceski finished with 10 blocks, 1.5 steals per game, on a blazing 75 percent from the field on 12-of-16 shooting. Currently, the junior ranks eighth in America East with 12.0 ppg, and first with 2.5 blocks per game.

1-14-07 | Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.)

Senior basketball player Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) earned the honor for the second straight week after a record--setting performance at Albany. In a 14-point Bearcats road victory, Gordon set a school record with eight three-pointers and tied another mark with 32 points. He scored 20 of BU's first 26 points and wound up hitting 8-of-11 three-pointers and 11-of-17 shots overall. Gordon was also named America East Player of the Week after averaging 25.5 points on 62% shooting in two games during the week.

1-7-07 | Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.)

Senior basketball player Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in two games. Gordon scored a season-high 21 points at Vermont and then hit 8-of-13 shots in a resounding 69-49 win over Boston University. He recorded four steals in each game and leads the America East in that category.

12-10-07 | Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.)

Senior wrestler Kyle Fried (Rock Hill, N.Y.) remained unbeaten with a commanding 13-3 victory over the defending conference champion from Boston University during the Bearcats' 25-12 team win on Saturday. Fried, ranked No. 16 in the country at 149 pounds, raised his overall record to 4-0 with the major decision. He is 30-13 in his two-year career at Binghamton.

12-2-07 | Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.)

Graduate student Rory Quiller (West Point, N.Y.) met the automatic qualifying staduard for the NCAA Indoor Track Championships, highlighting Binghamton's performance at the season-opening Cornell Indoor Relays on Saturday. Quiller, who also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Meet in 2005 and 2007, tied his own school record and broke the Cornell facility record with a jump of 18-0 1/2. He initially set the school record at last season's NCAA meet, as he earned All-America honors with a second-place finish. This year's NCAA Championship will be hosted by the University of Arkansas March 14-15.

11-26-07 | Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia)

Sophomore basketball forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) averaged double-figure points and rebounds in two games. Trifunovic scored 17 points and added a career-high 15 rebounds in an overtime loss to Central Connecticut State. Four days later, he tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds at Akron. Trifunovic has scored in double figures four straight games and has recorded three "double-doubles" this season.

11-19-07 | Anwar Goeres (Holley, N.Y.)

Sophomore 141-pound Anwar Goeres (Holley, N.Y.) made a smashing debut as a Bearcat, pinning the nation's 14th-ranked wrestler, Nick Gallick of Iowa State, in a dual on Sunday. Goeres, who transferred from Lock Haven, needed just 1:54 to end the match, locking up with Gallick before putting him on his back. The Iowa State wrestler entered the match with a 4-1 record after winning 22 matches during the Cyclones' NCAA runnerup season a year ago.

"Beating the No. 14 kid in the nation the way he did makes a huge statement about what Anwar's goals are this season," head coach Pat Popolizio said. "This match gives him the confidence he needs to beat the top guys in the country."

11-12-07 | Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.)

Senior middle hitter Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) had a team-high 10 kills and a match-high seven blocks to lead Binghamton to a 3-0 shutout of Hartford on Sunday afternoon at the West Gym. With her performance at the net, she moved into second on the school's all-time total block list. She now has 607 career blocks and is just six behind Susan Rinde ’84 for the program’s all-time lead headed into next weekend's America East Championship.

11-5-07 | Barry Neville (Mearns Castle, Scotland)

Junior back Barry Neville (Mearns Castle, Scotland) scored the game winning goal in the 42nd minute, leading Binghamton to a 1-0 win at Stony Brook on Saturday. The win clinched the Bearcats' second consecutive America East Conference regular season title as well as the No. 1 seed for the upcoming America East Conference Tournament.

10-29-07 | Danielle White (Haddon Township, N.J.)

Senior forward Danielle White (Haddon Township, N.J.) produced two goals and an assist to lift the women's soccer team to a crucial 3-1 win over UMBC and subsequently, a fourth-straight berth in the America East Championship tournament. White, who leads the Bearcats with six goals, scored twice in less than eight minutes early in the second half. She ranks ninth all-time at Binghamton with 24 career goals.

10-22-07 | Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Was.)

Third-year hitter Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Was.) was the driving force averaging 4.57 kills per game and hitting .287 in two key volleyball victories over UMBC on the weekend. Allen hit .409 with a match-high 17 kills to lead BU to a 3-0 sweep of UMBC on Sunday afternoon in Baltimore. On Friday night, she had a match-high tying 15 kills in BU's 3-1 win. Allen has now hit in double-digit kills 10 times this season

10-15-07 | Ashley Horton (Candor, N.Y.)

Freshman Ashley Horton (Candor, N.Y.) placed 10th out of 239 runners at the Albany Cross Country Invitational, leading the women's squad to a fifth-place finish (out of 29 teams). Horton completed the 5,000-meter course in a time of 17:55.

10-8-07 | Cameron Keith (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

Sophomore forward Cameron Keith (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week after scoring a pair of goals in the Bearcats' 2-1 win over Boston on Oct. 6. Keith, who now leads the Bearcats with five goals and 11 total points, netted the game winner with 16 seconds left in the first sudden-death overtime period. The Bearcats improved their record to 8-2 (1-0 AE) and are receiving votes in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll.

10-1-07 | Cameron Keith (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

Sophomore forward Cameron Keith (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) was named the America East Conference Player of the Week as he scored a hat trick in the men's soccer team's 3-0 win over Cornell on Sept. 29. He is the first player in Binghamton to score three goals in a game since the program moved up to the Division I level in 2001.

9-24-07 | Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y.)

Freshman Lauren Bates (Buffalo, N.Y.) won the B Singles flight and teammed up with fellow freshmen Anna Edelman (Great Neck, N.Y.) to win the A Doulbles title, highlighting Binghamton's performance in the final day of the Quinnipiac Women's Tennis Invitational. Bates swept Robie Verano of Army 6-2, 6-1 in her semifinal match before defeating Christen Cadigan in dramatic fashion in the championship match. She dropped the first set 6-4, swept the second set 6-0 and won the tie breaker 10-5. Bates and Edelmann defeated Wilson and Martinson of Quinnipiac 8-3 in the A Doubles finals.

9-17-07 | Zach Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Senior golfer Zach Vinal (Syracuse, N.Y.) opened his senior season by firing four of his first six rounds at par or better. He shot 72-72-72 to place 13th at the Mid-Pines Invitational and then shot 74-75-72 to place 10th at the Hartford Invitational. His scoring average of 72.8 leads the team.

9-10-07 | Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio)

Junior Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) recorded a Binghamton Division I best 33 digs in the volleyball team's five-set win over Kent State at the Golden Flash Invitational. The 33 digs topped the previous record of 31 set against Buffalo on September 17, 2002. It is the highest total recorded by a Bearcat since moving to the Division I level. For the weekend, she was a key cog in BU's superb defensive effort, averaging 5.71 digs per game. Strader leads BU with 5.14 digs per game.

9-2-07 | Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.)
Sophomore Jason Stenta (Binghamton, N.Y.) was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the season-opening Radford Highlander Men's Soccer Classic. He recorded a pair of 1-0 shutouts, including a win over No. 30 Winthrop on Sept. 2. Stenta made three saves in the win over the Eagles and had a pair of stops against Radford the previous day. He now has 10.0 shutouts for his career.

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